January 16, 2011 by USA Post
Mental Illness, (CBS) Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani called for significant improvements in American mental health institutions, arguing that it was the countries’ inability to cope à”la mental illness who was partly responsible for the killings last week in Tucson, Arizona.
In an interview on CBS “Face the Nation” Sunday morning, Giuliani said that while the tragedy may provide to the nation “a real opportunity to try to keep a more civil discourse, he stressed his belief that the tone of American political rhetoric was not “t the impulse actions alleged gunman Loughner Jared Lee.
“The lack of civil discourse was not the cause of this, as some have thought,” Giuliani told CBS ‘Bob Schieffer.
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has also called for improving America’s system of mental health care – and argued that these updates could help prevent similar acts of violence in the future.
Rendell emphasized the need for early detection in the American system of mental health care, so that “we can help people, but also called for a more detailed classification of people with mental health problems.
“If this man was classified if it had been civilly committed at any time prior to purchase the gun from Wal-Mart, it has been in effect
Indeed, it seems that her parents were totally unprepared for his descent into darkness. Although it is rare that the mentally ill to commit acts of violence, it is unfortunately not uncommon for families to be confused, conflicted, or simply in denial of a loved one’s symptoms of mental la’’maladie. Not surprisingly for someone with an illness to avoid treatment.
This suggests that society must do more to raise awareness, not less. Maryland has been relatively fortunate in recent years. Expanding Medicaid eligibility in 2007 allowed more money to spend on mental health care, up 17 percent since 2008 and in the current year is forecast to increase from 80 to 10 percent moreover, according to the Ministry of Health and Mental Hygiene officials.
Draft budget for next year – should be offered by Governor Martin O’Malley later this week – is expected to reduce costs of mental health care by as much as 5 percent, however. With the increased demand for services (12 per cent in the last year), which could prove a formidable challenge for an already strained system.
In the wake of Tucson, such policy decisions deserve a second look. One promising idea is to invest more in a program called Mental Health First Aid, where the average person receive a 12-hour course dans”la mental illness and how to reach out to someone showing symptoms. This is not unlike those of CPR training; social workers, counselors, teachers and others can help until professional help is available. Sometimes all that is required is a quiet conversation and knowledge of how to find appropriate services.
Meanwhile, we all deserve to learn more about the realities of “mental illness”es that can attack any of us, without regard to age, race, religion or income. Health experts believe that four of the 10 leading causes of disability in the United States are mental disorders. Ensuring access to treatment (and reduce the stigma associated with it) can only reduce the severity of such outbreaks and perhaps prevent further tragedies.
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